Elders and staff from South West Aboriginal Medical Service met at the Hilltop Cafe in Narrogin on August 25 for a luncheon marking the 2023 NAIDOC Week theme For Our Elders. Organised by SWAMS’ Bunbury team the event gave elders from the Narrogin community a chance to catch up for a yarn, enjoy a mealand spend the afternoon playing games. “My mum’s from out the country this way,” SWAMS director of health and social services Terry Kneale said as he opened the event following Ross Storey’s Welcome to Country. “They were pretty hard days a long time ago and I appreciate the journey that’s had to take place for us to be here today. “Our elders are really important, they make a big difference in our lives and I really respect that.” This year’s NAIDOC Week theme recognises the role of Elders in the community and honours the cultural knowledge, guidance and support they provide. It also seeks to acknowledge the struggles Elders have faced and pay respect to their leadership and resilience. “Sometimes the small but meaningful things we do make a big difference in people’s lives and that’s why I really love working in the industry that I do and for an Aboriginal medical service that really gives back,” Mr Kneale said. “I’m grateful to be here with you and I hope that you enjoy your food and are able to share a bit of your experience and story with us, thanks for being here.” After lunch, the group played bingo and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon outside on the cafe deck.